Appointments in Belgium – September 2022

Who are the most recently appointed directors and C-levels? During the month of September, three women have been honoured with these nominations.

Allianz Benelux

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Suzanne Akten

At Allianz Benelux, Suzanne Akten has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, and will therefore be a member of the Board of Management. She succeeds Roland Kern and her appointment is effective as of 1st December 2022.

The new COO started her career at Achmea dealing with international insurances. Then, she continued at ING as Chief Executive Officer of the Global Digital Bank Insurance. As part of it, she developed a digital platform for cross-border bank insurance.

With 20 years of experience in consulting, especially in the Netherlands, the new Chief Operating Officer of Allianz Benelux will be in charge of the Operations, IT, OM, Facility, and Protection & Resilience.


Cardif Lux Vie

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Alexandre Draznieks

In early September, Alexandre Draznieks was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Cardif Lux Vie, succeeding to Christian Gibot.

After working for INSEE and the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, he worked for BNP Paribas Cardif, first dealing with Northern Europe and emerging markets and then, he was appointed Director of the AEP entity. Alexandre Draznieks graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and from the ENSAE.

As CEO, he deals with all activities of Cardif Lux Vie in Luxembourg, France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, and Portugal, as well as non-EEA countries in which the insurance company is active.


Baloise Insurance

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Els Overbergh

Baloise Insurance appointed Els Overbergh as the new Chief Human Resources Officer on the 1st of September. She succeeds Marc L’Ortye.

Els Overbergh has extensive experience in this field: she occupied functions in management, marketing, as well as human resources at AB InBev. Additionally, she was previously responsible for human resources at Microsoft Luxemburg and Arvesta.

The new CHRO of Baloise Insurance got an MBA in Marketing and was a guest lecturer in Human Resources Management at University Colleges Leuven-Limburg.




Appointments Belgium – Jul/Aug 2022

Who are the most recently appointed directors and C-levels? This summer has been quiet in terms of nominations.



Jean-Paul Servais © FSMA

The FSMA (Financial Services and Markets Authority) re-elected Jean-Paul Servais as Chairman of the European Regional Committee of the global organization IOSCO. On his way for another two-year term, Jean-Paul Servais has held this position since October 2014.

Founded in 1983, the IOSCO aims at promoting collaboration between market supervisors and developing international standards as well as best practices. The organization counts 130 partners that are supervisory authorities across 115 countries, which represent 95% of the global financial sector. Organized in 4 regional committees, the IOSCO comprises the European Regional Committee which is composed by 51 European members.


Belfius Insurance

Daniela Rizzo & Matthias Baillieul © Belfius

Belfius has strengthened its Management Committee by appointing Daniela Rizzo and Matthias Baillieul.

Daniela Rizzo is the new Executive Director Non-Life. She has occupied for years several senior management positions in retail and life insurance for both Belfius Bank and Belfius Insurance.

As for Matthias Baillieul, he now endorses the role of CFO. Former lawyer, he has many years of experience in various financial areas at Belfius Bank.


LLoyd’s Europe

Bertrand Heugues © Linkedin

Lloyd’s Europe, the Brussels-based European subsidiary of Lloyd’s of London, has hired Bertrand Heugues, as its new Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO).

Before joining Lloyd’s Europe, he was Ageas Brussels’ Global Head of Pricing. Among his professional experiences, he started his career in 2005 at AXA and also worked for the broker March as well as Generali.




Appointments in Belgium and Luxembourg – June 2022

Who are the most recently appointed directors and C-levels? June is pretty calm in terms of nominations.



Assuralia, the professional association of insurance companies, held its General Assembly on June 13 among which two mandates have been extended. First, the presidency of Hilde Vernaillen (P&V Group) for two years. Second, vice-president Etienne Bouas-Laurent (AXA), has also been reappointed for a period of two years.

Hilde Vernaillen studied applied economics at the KU Leuven. She started her career with the savings bank CODEP and Nagelmackers Bank before joining the P&V Group in 2002. In June 2011, she became Chairwoman of the Management Committee. In addition, she is also President of the ICMIF (International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation).


As for Etienne Bouas-Laurent, he is a graduate of ESCP Europe Business School and has held various financial and operational positions within AXA, notably in Asia, Germany, and France. In July 2021, he was appointed CEO of AXA Belgium and Chairman of the Board of AXA Luxembourg.

For two years now, the day-to-day management of Assuralia has been in the hands of CEO Hein Lannoy.


Bâloise Luxembourg

Insurer Bâloise Luxembourg announced the appointment of Stephan Hersperger-Cremer as Chief Financial Officer as of June 1, 2022.

Stephan Hersperger-Cremer holds a master’s degree in Quantitative Economics and Finance from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He has more than 12 years of experience in the insurance and financial world.

Since 2014, he was working at Basler Versicherungen in Germany as Head of Investment Management. Prior to that, he worked for Helvetia Group as a Portfolio Strategist for four years.

Romain Braas, Director and CEO of Bâloise Luxembourg said: “The finance department holds an important and strategic position in our company, and I am pleased to welcome Stephan to the Bâloise management team, which is growing to six members. Stephan has been with Basler Versicherungen in Germany for more than seven years as Head of Investment Management and is a fine example of internal mobility within the Baloise Group“.




Appointments in Belgium – May 2022

Who are the most recently appointed directors and C-levels? May highlights several nominations among which a woman has become CEO of a leading bank company.

ING Belgium

Pinar Abay

This month, ING has given additional space to women on its Board of Directors. Indeed, Pinar Abay has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors. In its 150-year history, it is the first time that the bank ING elects a woman to occupy this position.

She succeeds Diego du Monceau, who has reached the age limit of the Board, of which he was a member since 1993 and chairman since 2020.

Back in 2016, Pinar Abay was first appointed as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors. Since January 2020, she has been a member of ING’s Management Board Banking and Head of Market Leaders, responsible for Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Previously, she was CEO of ING in Turkey. Prior to joining ING in 2011, she worked at McKinsey & Company in Istanbul, San Francisco and New York, serving international banking clients.

Furthermore, the Board has welcomed new members: Hilde Laga as non-executive member, Ronald Oort as non-executive member and Peter Göbel as a member of the Executive Committee.


Belfius Insurance

Daniel Falque

In our previous newsletter, we informed you on the nomination of Belfius Insurance’ new CEO: Frederic Van der Schueren. This month, Daniel Falque has been appointed non-executive member of Belfius Insurance’s board of directors.

Throughout his career, he led the Belgian branch of KBC for 12 years until 2021. Before joining KBC, he held an international position at Deutsche Bank, after starting his career at the Belgian insurer De Vaderlandsche.

Currently at Belfius Insurance, he also participates in the group’s Technology Committee.

Marc Raisière, CEO of the Belfius Group, welcomes a “common vision” of bancassurance and values. He praises an experience that will allow to pursue “the growth in the field of bancassurance”.

Daniel Falque, for his part, underlines the leading position of Belfius in “digital financial distribution”. He concludes by underlining his enthusiasm to help Belfius fulfill “its long-term strategic and societal objectives”.


AXA Belgium

Serge Martin (left) – Antoine Boyer de la Giroday (right)

At the beginning of May, AXA Belgium announced the appointment of Serge Martin, their current Chief Life & Health Officer as the new Chief Distribution Officer. He takes over Jean-Philippe Vandenschrick’s position who is leaving the group AXA to pursue a new personal project.

Serge Martin holds a Master in Actuarial Sciences (KULeuven) and a Master in Economics (UFSIA). He started his career in insurance at Mercator and Noordstar, where he specialized in life insurance. After broadening his professional experience in companies such as KPMG, Aon, PwC and Insurope, Serge joined AXA Belgium in 2013 as Chief Risk Officer. He was then closely involved in the implementation of the Solvency II regulation. In 2015, he was appointed ‘Deputy CFO’, responsible among other things for accounting and reinsurance. In 2018, he was appointed Chief Life & Health Officer of AXA Belgium.

Another change in AXA Belgium is the fact that Antoine Boyer de la Giroday, current Director of Management Control of the AXA Group, is joining the Executive Committee of AXA Belgium as Chief Life & Health Officer. He developed his passion for the insurance industry during his consulting years and decided to join AXA Belgium in 2015. Since then, he held various positions within the Finance team and the Life Business Unit, before joining the AXA Group in early 2020 as Group Controlling Director.

All these appointments will take effect on 1 July 1 2022 and are subject to the approval of the National Bank of Belgium (BNB/ NBB), the Belgian financial supervisor.



Eric Brys

Allianz has appointed its new P&C commercial director, Eric Brys. The latter is replacing Frank Gheysen who is leaving for Piette and Partners (PNP).

Erwin Brys knows Allianz inside out and has already several years of experience in the Belgian commercial team. In recent years, he has focused on corporate clients, but prior to that he was an underwriter for the retail and SME clients.




Chris Staes

Recently, a number of new faces has joined the Assuralia’s Board of Directors.

In particular, Chris Staes (Managing Director HDI Global SE) was unanimously appointed as a Director to replace Ed Goos, who had previously resigned from the Board.

In addition, the Board also unanimously approved the appointment of Frédéric Van Der Schueren (CEO of Belfius Insurance) as Director and member of the Executive Committee. He replaces Dirk Vanderschrick on the Executive Committee and the Audit Committee of the federation, and will also act as chairman of the Fraud Commission.

The Board of Directors was also honored to welcome a new candidate for membership in the Federation, Monument Assurance Belgium, which will of course benefit the representation rate.

On June 13, 2022, the General Assembly will meet, an important moment since the President, Hilde Vernaillen, and the Vice-President, Etienne Bouas-Laurent, are coming to the end of their mandate. Both are candidates for succession in their current positions.




Appointments in Belgium and Luxembourg – March 2022

Who are the most recently appointed directors and C-levels? March is pretty quiet in terms of nominations.

NN Belgium

Angela Lissenburg-Rademaker

Angela Lissenburg-Rademaker has been appointed as the new Chief Risk Officer (CRO), subject to approval by the National Bank of Belgium. She will be taking over Dieter Vermeire’s position, who has been promoted CFO at NN.

With her 20-year experience at Nationale-Nederlanden, Angela is now joining the management team. After graduating from a Master’s degree in Econometrics and Actuarial Science, she joined NN in 2000. Since then, she has had a successful career and has held various managerial positions in areas such as risk management, capital management and pricing.


Christian Gibot

Christian Gibot, is the new CEO of ACA, the Luxembourg Insurance and Reinsurance Association. He is taking over Marc Lauer’s position, CEO of the Foyer group. Christian is an experienced manager as he is also the CEO of Cardif Lux Vie, BNB Paribas Group’s Luxembourg insurance subsidiary.

ACA was created 66 years ago by 3 organizations: La Luxembourgeoise, Le Syndicat des compagnies étrangères and Foyer. Every 4 years, a new president is elected by the members of the General Assembly and this year the Syndicat suggested Christian Gibot’s candidacy. “The notion of continuity goes beyond the presidents. Because they are there to serve the association and the ACA exists to serve its members.”, Christian said.

He also added that “the goal is to co-construct solutions between the public authorities, the regulator and the operators. We want to remain financially robust, united and competitive in the face of the major issues of digital transition and climate change.”



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